Losing is not an option for Dragons, says skipper Lewis Evans

South Wales Argus: READY FOR BATTLE: Dragons captain Lewis Evans knows the importance of tonight’s showdown READY FOR BATTLE: Dragons captain Lewis Evans knows the importance of tonight’s showdown

DRAGONS v EDINBURGH (Tonight, KO 7pm)

SKIPPER Lewis Evans says victory is “non-negotiable” tonight as Newport Gwent Dragons try to stop the rot against Edinburgh at Rodney Parade.

The Dragons have failed to add to the five points earned on opening night against Zebre and have dropped to 10th in the RaboDirect Pro12 table.

Last time they played on their own patch they produced a woeful performance in defeat to Cardiff Blues that sapped the morale and hope from their supporters.

Combined with fruitless trips to Leinster and Munster, it means they have no margin for error tonight if they are to harbour hopes of qualifying for next season’s Heineken Cup.

There is reason for cautious optimism courtesy of their record against Edinburgh, who have not won at Rodney Parade since 2006.

But the heat is on because failure to continue that winning streak would leave the hosts’ season in tatters before September is out.

“A win is non-negotiable, simple as that,” said Evans, who returns at openside flanker after being benched for last weekend’s loss to Munster.

“The Blues game was essential and we didn’t perform as well as we wanted to. It led to questions being asked of individuals and it is a case of manning up or being found out.

“This is a massive opportunity to rectify previous errors and we need to get back on track and build some momentum.

“Do the basics right and hopefully the game plan will work and we will come away with a good performance and, more importantly, the win.”

The heat is on for the Dragons to get the win and the captain is also under pressure to produce a performance that keeps the number 7 jersey.

He comes back in for Jevon Groves, who is on the bench despite a mightily impressive display at Thomond Park last week.

“When they announced the squad I didn’t know whether I would be starting,” said Evans.

“Jevon has performed admirably, just as Darren Waters did before he unluckily got injured.

“Nic Cudd has come in as well and just from training you can see what his qualities are so I can’t rest on my laurels.

“The whole squad is under pressure and one or two bad performances will lead to the chop.”

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8:29am Fri 28 Sep 12

SWBorderer says...

Talk,talk, talk. We must be the best at talking a good game then failing to produce.

I take it that as losing is not an option this time that it has been previously.

Quit the talking and get on the pitch and show us some action.
Talk,talk, talk. We must be the best at talking a good game then failing to produce. I take it that as losing is not an option this time that it has been previously. Quit the talking and get on the pitch and show us some action. SWBorderer
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11:04am Fri 28 Sep 12

high x boy says...

here here.A win is a must
here here.A win is a must high x boy
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11:46am Fri 28 Sep 12

Robert Shillabeer says...

Losing is not an option EVER. No side goes out with the intention of losing a game, all that is being siad is this is a must win game for the Dragons as to lose would mean the season is effectively over with no real chance of catching up with the top five sides and probably none of the other Welsh sides which means another year of not playing in the H cup (if it still exists that is). I will be there tonight as every Dragons home game cheering the side on and hopefully a win as the record against Edinburgh is quite good at home so come on Dragons ROAR.
Losing is not an option EVER. No side goes out with the intention of losing a game, all that is being siad is this is a must win game for the Dragons as to lose would mean the season is effectively over with no real chance of catching up with the top five sides and probably none of the other Welsh sides which means another year of not playing in the H cup (if it still exists that is). I will be there tonight as every Dragons home game cheering the side on and hopefully a win as the record against Edinburgh is quite good at home so come on Dragons ROAR. Robert Shillabeer
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11:50am Fri 28 Sep 12

Gareth says...

Surely the obvious follow-up question to him would be: “So what happens if you lose?” It’s oh-so-easy to talk the talk about the importance of success when there is zero forfeit in defeat.

It would have been nice to see the interview go this way:

“Losing is not an option.”

“So what happens if you lose?”

“We are not going to lose. However, the boys have had a chat. We know how little words mean, so if we lose, we will ask the fans, via the South wales Argus forum, what they would prefer: either we donate 20% of week’s wages to a local charity; or we pay for a ticket to the next game for everyone who writes in. After all, we know that this club is all about the fans and they have stuck with us through thick and thin. If we can, in some small way, show fans that we understand their pain, then we agree it’s well worth it.”
Surely the obvious follow-up question to him would be: “So what happens if you lose?” It’s oh-so-easy to talk the talk about the importance of success when there is zero forfeit in defeat. It would have been nice to see the interview go this way: “Losing is not an option.” “So what happens if you lose?” “We are not going to lose. However, the boys have had a chat. We know how little words mean, so if we lose, we will ask the fans, via the South wales Argus forum, what they would prefer: either we donate 20% of week’s wages to a local charity; or we pay for a ticket to the next game for everyone who writes in. After all, we know that this club is all about the fans and they have stuck with us through thick and thin. If we can, in some small way, show fans that we understand their pain, then we agree it’s well worth it.” Gareth
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1:09pm Fri 28 Sep 12

Loose Ed says...

Selective journalism again ?
The press release that is being carried in the alternative Welsh press details
Lewis Evans having a go at Toby Faletau
saying he was dropped last week and not recovering from injury as stated by the coaching staff.
Unfortunately for Evans he will never be the player that Faletau is, I also thought that a good captain would be trying to inspire not make silly remarks in the press, as the old saying goes "better to
let people think you're a fool,than to open your mouth and prove it !"
Selective journalism again ? The press release that is being carried in the alternative Welsh press details Lewis Evans having a go at Toby Faletau saying he was dropped last week and not recovering from injury as stated by the coaching staff. Unfortunately for Evans he will never be the player that Faletau is, I also thought that a good captain would be trying to inspire not make silly remarks in the press, as the old saying goes "better to let people think you're a fool,than to open your mouth and prove it !" Loose Ed
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4:59pm Fri 28 Sep 12

gwentfan says...

it just shows that Lewis will never make a captain, he will never be the player the player Toby is.

Bad choice has captain.
it just shows that Lewis will never make a captain, he will never be the player the player Toby is. Bad choice has captain. gwentfan
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